Metro Transit supervisor's van found in random garage, other thefts under investigation

Updated: July 23, 2019 10:24 PM

A Metro Transit spokesperson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the agency is investigating multiple thefts, some of which occurred on the company's property, and one of the stolen items is a Metro Transit van.

Sources told KSTP the van was left idling and unlocked by a supervisor at the Metro Transit lightrail garage parking lot and was reported stolen on June 30 and was later recovered in a citizen's garage in southeast Minneapolis.


Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padilla told KSTP the van was stolen and found in a person's garage, but would not give any further details other than to say the person who reported the transit van parked in his garage was not involved in the theft of it.

"The citizen called us and said one of our transit vans was in his garage," said Padilla. "It turns out the van was in his garage and no one has been arrested for the theft yet."

Eric Brenk called Metro Transit to report the van was sitting in his garage and he told KSTP he was stunned to see it parked there and has no idea who put it there.

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"It was really odd to see it sitting there in the garage and weird to realize it was a Metro Transit van," said Brenk. "It was trashed on the inside and you could see where a computer was supposed to be and it looked like the computer was ripped out and taken."

Padilla would not say whether a computer is missing from the stolen van, but did say if there were a missing computer "it would not have any sensitive information on it related to employees."

Sources told KSTP some of the missing keys were taken from unlocked Metro Transit LRT garage parking lot on Franklin Avenue and some of those stolen keys are master keys for buildings and various LRT platform switch boxes which control the switching of LRT tracks.

Padilla would not confirm what type of keys were stolen and would not say how many were taken, but he did confirm there were keys stolen from Metro Transit vehicles.

"I am not going to quantify, or qualify, or say how many keys were stolen," said Padilla. "But, I can tell you we have taken steps to make sure there are no security risks for Metro Transit properties or vehicles."

Padilla said the investigations are still open, no arrests have been made and no Metro Transit employees have been disciplined.

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